Kinstant Formatter is a quick and easy tool that will produce a Kindle book that’s as faithful as possible to the original Word document without having to edit HTML manually.
Yes! Kinstant Formatter will produce a single file that supports both KF8 and mobi formats.
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The application best results with simple layouts like fiction and books with a few illustrative images. It doesn’t work so well with books that need a fixed layout. That said, you’ll probably find that it works perfectly, and if it doesn’t, please get in touch with support.
Newer Kindles do have support for fixed layouts and some books, like childrens books, benefit from fixed layout designs. Unless you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves with some HTML it’s probably advisable to consult a professional designer. There are specialist tools available to do this.
It will handle any number of images absolutely fine but only if they are positioned “inline with text”. Any images that are not inline may produce unexpected results. There’s nice explanation of inline images, and why you should be using them anyway here.
If you have a credit account, yes. If you don’t have a credit account then, no, your account is only for your own personal books – the books you publish in your Kindle account. If you have any doubts about this, please get in touch with support.
There’s a little tutorial here. We’ll be adding to it soon. Meanwhile, if there’s a question you’d like answered, please don’t hesitate to contact support.
Kinstant Formmatter accepts .doc, .docx and .odt (Open Office) files. Support for .odt is very much a “test” feature – you’ll probably get better results if you convert to doc. It works best with documents created with Microsoft Word. Please bear in mind that exporting documents from other software (including Open Office, Pages etc) into Word format is never 100% and this may get reflected in the final Kindle book.
Yes, but Kindles don’t support transparent images. Normally they would show up with a black background instead of transparent which looks terrible, so your images will automatically be given a white background.
No, the Kindles will ignore all that information. Just leave the default settings and you should be fine.
You can use any names you like! Just type your pen name in, and then use that name when you upload your book to Amazon.
This is usually because the cover is not big enough. Here are the requirements from Amazon:
– Minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side
– Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
There are a few reaons why this might be. Please make sure you have the lastest version of Flash Player installed. You can check your version here.
If you need to convert files of more than 20MB, please get in touch with support. If your file size is smaller than 20MB please log out, empty your cache, close your browser and try again. If you have a different browser installed you may want to try that. If the problem persists, please get in touch with support.
Depending on your browser settings you will either be asked where you want to save the file or be told where it’s been saved. You can usually find it in your “downloads” folder.
You can preview your .mobi file using the Kindle Previewer (Download here from Amazon). I find the best way to open it is to drag and drop your .mobi file on to the Previewer.
The Kindle Reader is a little strange like that. It won’t update books very easily. You have to delete the mobi file from the “My Documents\My Kindle Content” folder. By the way, I recommend that you don’t use the Kindle Reader application to preview your books. In addition to this problem I’ve just described it doesn’t actually give an acccurate impression of what your book will look like on the Kindle devices. Please make sure you download and install the Kindle Previewer. I find it’s best to open the Previewer first and then drag and drop the mobi file on to the Previewer.
Kinstant Formatter will insert an automatic table of contents (TOC) at the beginning of the book based on the Headings in your document (following this process). If your document already has an automatic TOC then, by default, it will get replaced at the same location.
Please try the following. Select all the text in the list, clear the formatting and reapply the bullet points/numbering. To clear the formatting you can use the clear formatting button in Word or, right click, styles, clear formatting.
Word docs often become corrupt and it’s impossible to see where the problem is in Word. When this happens the only thing you can do is to clear the formatting and start again. To clear the formatting you can use the clear formatting button in Word or, right click, styles, clear formatting. If that still doesn’t work, then you may need to copy and paste the text to a text editor like Notepad first and then copy and paste it back into Word.
Create a new page with the title Table of Contents (or anything you like) and insert a default TOC. The TOC will be replaced with a TOC suitable for the Kindle at the same location. This way you can make sure that the first page in your Word document is the first page in the Kindle version.
There isn’t a tool that will allow you to edit .mobi files. This application is designed to be a quick and easy tool that will produce a Kindle book that’s as faithful as possible to the original Word document. If you’re unhappy with the result it’s best to go back to the original Word document, make your changes and submit it again.
Kindles generally don’t handle drop caps well. However, the application will replace your drop cap letters with one large letter on the same line – that way you can be sure that it’ll look ok on all devices.
Yes. Footnotes/endnotes will appear at the end of the document.
Yes. If you’ve done a bit of research then you’ll have discovered that Amazon will recognise certain bookmarks in your document. If you add a bookmark called “toc” then Amazon KDP will know where to link your “Table of Contents”. A bookmark with the name “start” will tell the Kindle where to open the book for the first time. The application will respect these bookmarks if you have inlcuded them in your document.
It corrects a few things and it will convert most documents perfectly well. But it’s not a magic wand. It assumes that what you have in Word is what you want on the Kindle but sometimes the Kindle is less forgiving than Word and shows up the errors more clearly. Here are some examples of formatting issues I’ve seen that the application won’t fix:
The following things may produce unexpected results:
Finally, you may find that the size of the file is larger than an ebook built by hand in HTML.
We have lots of hopes and plans for Kinstant Formatter but the direction of development will be led by you, the users. So, if there’s something you’d like to see implemented, we’d love to hear you ideas. Please get in touch via the support desk.
Yes. Please sign up here and then get your links for Kinstant Formatter from your dashboard.
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found the application helpful. Feedback in itself is enormously encouraging so please don’t hold back 😉 We won’t publish your feedback as a testimonial unless you explicitly give us permission to do so.
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